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NJ Muslim Community Upset by Surveillance Ruling

Friday, February 21, 2014

WNYC

The ruling that it was not unconstitutional for the NYPD to spy on Muslims in New Jersey has some in the Muslim community feeling uncomfortable.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Burqas and Baseball: Being Muslim in America

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ranya Tabari Idliby discusses her experience being Muslim in America and how her family faces challenges in schools, friendships, and with neighbors. They are challenged by both Muslims who speak for them and by Americans who reject them. In her memoir, Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie, Idliby explores life as a Muslim  in a world where hostility towards Muslims is common.

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WNYC News

Bratton's Approach to Counterterrorism and Community

Monday, December 09, 2013

WNYC

Up until now, most of the discussion about Bill Bratton's résumé has been about stop and frisk. When he was tapped by mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to be police commissioner, Bratton vowed the practice would be conducted respectfully. But another focus as he returns to New York will be counter-terrorism--or more specifically, preventing another terrorist attack.

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WNYC News

In Politics, Muslims Say It's Finally Their Moment

Thursday, October 24, 2013

After spending years in the political wilderness, being cast as outsiders -- even un-American -- Muslim New Yorkers are in an unfamiliar position: they're set to have power.

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Soundcheck

Growing Up Muslim, Listening To Madonna

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The writer Soniah Kamal talks about Madonna's impact on her strict Muslim upbringing in Saudi Arabia.

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Micropolis

MICROPOLIS: Sikh Men & the Meaning of Turbans

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In this latest episode of Micropolis, we examine the age-old persecution of Sikhs, from India to post-9/11 America. Why do Sikhs such as actor Waris Ahluwalia (Inside Man, The Darjeeling Limited) identify with the racial history of African Americans?

And why, despite persecution and name-calling, do Sikh men continue to wear turbans?

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The Takeaway

Muslim Leader Responds to NYPD Surveillance & Terror Labels of Mosques

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The NYPD uses “terrorism enterprise investigations” that are carried out for multiple years and allow the police to plant informants in mosques. Linda Sarsour is executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, which was allegedly targeted for surveillance by the NYPD. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the state of Muslim-NYPD relations and how they have changed over the years.

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The Takeaway

Ramadan at Guantanamo Bay

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began at sundown on Monday night. And with it, millions of Muslims around the world began abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours, in the hopes of finding spiritual growth. But for the Muslims in Guantanamo Bay who’ve been on hunger strike since the spring and regularly face force-feedings, Ramadan is a far more complicated matter. Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald joins The Takeaway to discuss force-feedings during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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WNYC News

Area Muslims Prepare for Ramadan

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The month-long observance of Ramadan begins this week - with some Muslims starting their fast Tuesday and others waiting until Wednesday.

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The Takeaway

National Security and the Muslim World

Thursday, May 23, 2013

As President Obama addresses national security issues, Hussein Rashid of Hofstra University shares his thoughts on how targeted surveillance, drone strikes and other tactics affect our relations with the Muslim world, and with Muslims here at home. 

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WNYC News

Examining Peter King's Calls for Muslim Surveillance

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In the wake of the Boston bombings, Rep. Peter King has called for increased surveillance of the Muslim American community. He argued that monitoring of certain communities is nothing new.

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On Being

Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awaad — No More Taking Sides [remix]

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Robi Damelin lost her son David to a Palestinian sniper. Ali Abu Awwad lost his older brother Yousef to an Israeli soldier. But, instead of clinging to traditional ideologies and turning their pain into more violence, they've decided to understand the oth

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On Being

[Unedited] Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awwad with Krista Tippett

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Robi Damelin lost her son David to a Palestinian sniper. Ali Abu Awwad lost his older brother Yousef to an Israeli soldier. But, instead of clinging to traditional ideologies and turning their pain into more violence, they've decided to understand the oth

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The Takeaway

Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and American: A Woman's Unlikely Background

Friday, November 23, 2012

When Takeaway listener Loren Levinson heard our segment on Madeleine Albright earlier this year, in which she talked about the discovery of her Jewish identity and family members that were killed during the Holocaust, it got her thinking about her own roots. Her incredible,fascinating story bridged two of the unlikeliest of cultures.

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The Takeaway

Deconstructing 'Homeland'

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Still, a closer look at the Showtime series "Homeland" has some social critics wondering: is the show really so nuanced and layered? Or is it yet another show that relies on the shorthand of us and them; American and foreigner; sane and insane?

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Transportation Nation

(AUDIO) NY MTA Votes To Keep Taking Controversial Ads -- With Disclaimer

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pamela Geller defending her anti-jihad subway ads during the public session of the MTA meeting (photo by Jim O'Grady)

The NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority has voted to keep accepting "issue ads," with a disclaimer that the ad "doesn’t imply an endorsement." The authority will only put disclaimers on ads expressing political, religious or moral views.

(You're safe, Dr. Zizmor.)

The agency's monthly board meeting got a bit rowdy during the public comment session on Thursday, thanks to a controversial ad in the  subway that equates the word 'jihad' with 'savages.'

Many came to speak because the MTA had let it be known that it might vote to ban all issue ads in the subway. That brought out a group of Occupy Wall Street protestors, who criticized the anti-jihad ads. Seth Rosenberg echoed several speakers when he called the ads "racist, anti-Muslim and vile to the core."

Pamela Geller, the woman who paid $6,000 to place a month's worth of ads in ten Manhattan subway stations, was there to defend her investment."The reason why these ads were run, so we have just a little context, is there were a series of anti-Israel ads that were running in the subway," she said.

Geller was referring to subway ads bought last year by a group called Two People One Future. Those ads said, "We are the side of peace and justice ... End U.S. military aid to Israel."

Though Geller said she found the Two People One Future ads offensive, she "didn't deface them." That was a pointed reference to to the fate of her own ads -- which, soon after their appearance on Monday, were affixed with stickers reading "Hate Speech."

When members of Occupy Wall Street tried to drown out Geller as she spoke at the meeting, NY MTA chairman Joe Lhota ordered the protestors removed.

Advertising produces one percent of the MTA's yearly revenue. And issue ads make up one percent of that - a total that comes to $1.3 million out of the MTA's annual budget of $1.2 billion.

You can see a photo of the ad below.

(photo by Jim O'Grady)

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Transportation Nation

Anti-Jihad Ads Posted in NYC Subway Stations (UPDATED)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Subway rider Javerea Khan reads anti-Jihad poster at the Times Square Station of the NYC subway. (Photo by Jim O'Grady)

UPDATE 9/25/2012 12:45 pm: Barely a day later, and the ads in many stations have already been creatively defaced by a what appears to be vigilante poster graffiti.

(New York, NY – WNYC) A controversial ad is now up in ten New York City subway stations. The ad features two Stars of David and paraphrases a quote by Ayn Rand, saying, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” followed by the tag line, “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, an advocacy group, paid $6,000 to buy space for the message. The NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority turned down the ad when the group submitted it a year ago on grounds that it violated a provision in the authority's advertising code that bars “demeaning” speech. A federal court ruled last week that the ad was protected under the First Amendment (full ruling here).

Javerea Khan, a 22 year-old student from the Bronx who is a Muslim of Pakistani origin, disapproved of the message. “It’s hard for me to look at this poster and actually take it seriously," she said, adding that most Muslims view jihad primarily as "an inner struggle to be closer to God. But when your religion is attacked, you go out and fight against it. We need to fight against this bigotry."

Paul Plunkett, a 29 year-old tourist from Georgia, viewed the ad differently. "I agree with it," he said. "I agree in supporting Israel. We help set up the country, we might as well. They're our strongest ally in the Middle East. And any religious extremism should be put down: jihad would be Muslim extremism."

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On Being

Mustafa Akyol — Religion, Democracy, and the New Turkey

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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On Being

[Unedited] Mustafa Akyol with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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The Takeaway

Headscarf Ban Lifted by FIFA

Friday, July 06, 2012

Last year the women's soccer team from Iran was prevented from playing a qualifying match for the 2012 Olympics because they refused to remove their hijabs before kickoff. Female Muslim soccer players often find themselves in the same predicament on their local fields, even in North America. But all that might change, thanks to a new decision by the International Federation of Association Football.

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